Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Caremark has entered into new clinical affiliations with four major healthcare providers. Critical prescription and visit information will be provided to the providers through the integration of secured electronic health record systems.

The collaborating providers include ProHealth Physicians in Connecticut, Texas Health Resources in Texas, Palmetto Health in South Carolina, and The Baton Rouge Clinic in Louisiana. Through these clinical affiliations the patients of these healthcare providers will receive access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS Caremark.

MinuteClinic, CVS/pharmacy and the participating providers will begin to work toward integrating EHR systems to streamline communication around all aspects of each individual patient's care. This integration will include the electronic sharing of messages and alerts from CVS/pharmacy to the providers' physicians regarding potential medication non-adherence issues.

In addition, MinuteClinic will electronically share medical histories and visit summaries with the patient's primary care provider when they are a member of a participating provider. MinuteClinic will continue its standard practice of sending patient visit summaries to primary care providers who are not affiliated with one of these participating providers via fax or mail, typically within 24 hours, with patient consent.

 The participating providers will also receive data on interventions conducted by CVS pharmacists to improve medication adherence for their patients. The affiliation also encourages collaboration between the organizations' clinicians and MinuteClinic providers to improve coordination of care for patients seen at MinuteClinic locations. 

The new clinical affiliations bring the total number of health system and healthcare provider affiliations for CVS Caremark and MinuteClinic to 40 major health systems and healthcare providers across the country.

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